Joel Marcus

Joel Marcus

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

External address: 
217 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3562

Joel Marcus teaches New Testament with an emphasis on the Gospels and the context of early Christianity within Judaism. His publications include two monographs on Mark, a two-volume commentary on the same Gospel in the Anchor Bible series (Doubleday, 2000, 2009), and several articles about the parting of the ways between Judaism and the Christianity of the first three centuries of the Christian era. He has a book in press on John the Baptist and is currently working on a monograph on the Gospel of Peter as a Jewish Christian document.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University 1985
  • M.Phil., Columbia University 1983
  • M.A., Columbia University 1981
  • B.A., New York University 1979

Marcus, J. “The Evil Inclination in the Letters of Paul.Irish Biblical Studies 8 (1986): 8–21.

Marcus, J. “Mark 4:10-12 and Marcan epistemology.Journal of Biblical Literature 103, no. 4 (December 1, 1984): 557–74.

Marcus, J. “The evil inclination in the Epistle of James.Catholic Biblical Quarterly 44, no. 4 (October 1, 1982): 606–21.